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Alaska Ferry Reservation/Payment Process Update

Published Date: Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:30:01 CST

The Government Travel Charge Care (GTCC) web site, Traveler Information page has been updated with Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) ferry reservation and payment process information.

UPDATE - Per the AMHS letter to the CGD17 Commander on 21 Dec 2015 an exception for military members seeking to make reservations for official Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders was provided.

  • Reservations without signed PCS Orders (more than 60 days ahead of travel) - Member's who are PCSing into or out of AK and desire to use the AMHS should call the AMHS Juneau Reservations Central Office at 1-800-642-0066 in order to complete the reservation. AMHS will hold the desired reservation until 60 days prior to the sailing date without payment. At 60 days before the sailing date, unless other arrangements are made by the military member, unpaid reservations will be automatically canceled to allow AMHS to sell that space in an effort to improve capacity utilization. Travelers should fax the travel orders to SATO with the AMHS Itinerary number noted as soon as they are available and then wait 30 to 60 minutes before calling SATO to finalize their AMHS reservations/booking. It is critical that this be done more than 60 days prior to the sailing date to avoid cancellation of the reservation. If there is anything on the itinerary that is not authorized on the travel orders (pet, trailer, etc.), the member must call AMHS after completing the transaction with SATO on the same day to make the rest of the payment on a personal credit card.

  • Reservations with signed PCS Orders - If travel is within 60 days or if you have not made reservations prior to receiving your signed PCS orders, the following process should be used. AMHS advised that payment needs to be made the same day the reservation is made. Therefore, USCG travelers should not contact AMHS directly for reservations. Travelers should fax the travel orders to SATO and then wait 30 to 60 minutes before calling SATO to make their AMHS reservations/booking. Travel orders will no longer require the AMHS itinerary numbers be listed.

Please refer to the GTCC web site, Traveler Information web page for ferry itinerary changes or reservation cancellation penalties.


January 2016 Government Travel Charge Card Newsletter

Published Date: Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:30:01 CST

The latest issue of the Government Travel Charge Card (CTCC) Newsletterfile is in adobe acrobat format is available.

In this issue:

  • GTCC Compromise
  • GetThere and Internet
  • How to Use Delinquency Alert
  • Good To Know
  • AK Ferry Reservations
  • How to Report Misuse
  • In The Spotlight
  • DA Reporting and GTCC
  • Cardholder Profile Report


Training for Passport Acceptance Agents Offered

Published Date: Thu, 04 Feb 2016 09:30:01 CST

Official Passport Acceptance Agent (OPPA) Certification Course

Commandant (CG-DCO-I-1), Department of State (DoS) and the Foreign Clearance Guide (FCG) will be hosting a three day Official Passport Acceptance Agent (OPPA) Certification Course March 15 - 17 2016 at USCG Headquarters, Washington, DC.

Annually the Coast Guard processes 3,500+ passports for official travel, with the majority of these passports originating from field units. Passport Agents work with local CG members to ensure that passport applications meet CG, DoS and FCG requirements before packages are submitted to CG-DCO-I-1 for processing. Without this face to face assistance to immediately correct errors, there could be significant delay in passport processing, as DoS is forced to return incorrect applications.

The OPPA training, which is conducted by DoS, FCG and CG-DCO-I-1 at USCGHQ, allows the CG to maintain a trained cadre of Passport Agents to supplant those lost through transfers and RELAD.

DCO-I considers this training vital to facilitating CG operations overseas including crewmember swaps, as well as LEDET, maintenance assist teams, and other operational and support teams.

Location of training: USCG Headquarters, Washington, DC.

Training times: 0800 - 1630

Target Audience: OPPA Training is targeting Yeoman but is open to all E-4 and above of any Rate including Officers that are US citizens or Naturalized.

Funding: Certification/Training is funded by member's unit.

To request a seat in the upcoming training class, please follow the below:

  1. Open the link: http://hqs-spweb10-001:10115/I1/Lists/Agent%20Training%20Request/Default%20View.aspx
  2. Click on NEW at the top.
  3. Click on attach file at the top to upload your scanned documents as one attachment. (Copy of Birth Certificate, Security Clearance data out of DA and approved TDY request or orders)
  4. Fill out every block but the Agent number (this will be filled in after training.) If you are an agent already and this is a refresher course, please enter your agent number and note that you are already an agent in the notes block.
  5. Click on ok to submit form to CG-DCO-I-1.

Once completed, you will receive an auto generated confirmation email.

Approximately 2 weeks prior to the class start date, an email with TDY and training information will be sent to all class attendees.

The deadline to request a seat is February 19, 2016.

If you have any questions, please send an email to uscgpassports@uscg.mil

Projected future training dates:

  • August 23-25, 2016 (USCGHQ)


Defense Travel Management Office Allowances and Regulations Update

Published Date: Mon, 01 Feb 2016 14:00:01 CST

The Defense Travel Management Office has updated the following information for 01 February 2016:

OCONUS Non-Foreign and Foreign Per Diem Rates
Overseas Housing Allowances (OHA)
Overseas Cost of Living Allowances (COLA)
Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) and Appendices

To access this information, visit the DTMO Website.


Defense Travel Management Office Allowances and Regulations Update

Published Date: Wed, 30 Dec 2015 10:00:01 CST

The Defense Travel Management Office has updated the following information for 01 January 2016:

CONUS Per Diem Rates
OCONUS Non-Foreign and Foreign Per Diem Rates
Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)
Overseas Housing Allowances (OHA)
Overseas Cost of Living Allowances (COLA)
CONUS Cost of Living Allowance (CONUS COLA)
Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) and Appendices
Dislocation Allowance (DLA)
Mileage Rates

To access this information, visit the DTMO Website.


Known Issue: SATO-GETTHERE On-Line Booking Tool

Published Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2015 11:00:01 CST

ALERT FOR ALL TRAVELERS TRYING TO BOOK RESERVATIONS ON-LINE - The On-Line Booking Tool (GETTHERE) is down due to the CG standard image not being able to have TLS v1.2 enabled which is require as mandated by the Payment Card Industry and in support of industry best practices for secure web sites. In order to access the site, Coast Guard users will need to contact the Telecomm and Information Systems Command (TISCOM) to have their workstations updated with Internet Explorer version 11. See the Government Travel Charge Card Program web page for instructions on requesting the upgraded web browser.


PCS Mileage (MALT) and TDY Mileage Rates

Published Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2015 11:00:01 CST

Effective 1 January 2016, the MALT (monetary allowance in lieu of transportation) rate per authorized POC (privately owned conveyance) is $0.19 (nineteen cents) per mile. This rate is effective for all PCS travel that commences on or after 1 January 2016 (i.e., the initial travel is started).

TDY mileage rates changed on 01 January 2016. The new TDY rates are:

POC:
$0.54 - Automobile (if no GOV is available)
$0.19 - POC use instead of a government furnished vehicle (if a GOV is available) when use of a government furnished vehicle is to the government's advantage.
$0.51 - Motorcycle
$1.17 - Airplane

Previous PCS and TDY mileage rates are posted at http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/otherratesMile.cfm.


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